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Applied Projects

UW Tacoma Campus in autumn 2020

UW Tacoma student talking in computer lab, candid shot


Under the direction of Milgard faculty advisors, teams of three to six students from the Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program will use strategic thinking, operational excellence, complex problem-solving, creativity, and teamwork skills to tackle an organization’s challenges and create value-added services. These students are not interns helping with day-to-day administrative tasks; they are project-focused professionals working independently and off-site with occasional meetings with key guidance from faculty advisors and periodic assistance from you.

The main objective of the Applied Project is to create a setting in which students can apply the advanced concepts, theories and frameworks encountered in the MSBA program in an integrative fashion, and they can demonstrate their distinctive knowledge and skills to solve existing business problems or cultivate new opportunities, and improve the performance of organizations through live consultative projects that typically include data collection, analysis, demo, digital transformation plan and recommendations.


During AY 20-21, two cohorts of 73 MSBA student consultants are working on 14 projects with 14 different companies including CHI Franciscan, Greentrike, City of Lynnwood, City of Tacoma, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Sound Credit Union, Metropolitan Appliance, City of Tacoma Fire Department, Schnitzer, South Tacoma Auto, University of Washington Tacoma, Communities in Schools of Tacoma, City of Puyallup, Korean Woman Association

During AY 19-20, two cohorts of 76 MSBA student consultants are working on 19 projects with 19 different companies including CHI Franciscan, Communities in Schools of Tacoma, Costco Whole Sale, Delta Air Lines INC., Harbor Wholesale Foods, Inc., IBM, Metropolitan Appliance, MultiCare Health System, Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division, Keyport, Point Defiance Zoo, Providence St Joseph Health, Sound Credit Union, South Sound Military & Communities Partnership, Stellar Industrial Supply, Tacoma Power, Tacoma Public Schools, TCS World Travel, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Hyundai Capital of America

During AY 18-19, one cohort of 33 MSBA student consultants worked on 8 projects with 6 companies including CHI Franciscan, City of Tacoma, Columbia Bank, Harbor Wholesale Foods, Inc., Metro Parks Tacoma, Microsoft

During AY 17-18, one cohort of 32 MSBA student consultants worked on 9 projects with 8 companies including Metro Parks, Data Central, Delta Analytics, CHI Franciscan Health, Stellar Industrial, SSMCP, Turnover Intelligence, Boeing

MSBA 2019-20 Cohort for applied projects

MSBA 2018-19 Cohort for Applied Projects

MSBA 2017-18 Cohort for Applied Projects